July 2017

Jeff Beneke
Northeast Regional
STEM Manager 
319-273-7397 (office)



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Northeast Iowa 
 Region Governor's STEM Advisory Council

 Advisory Board

 Jane Bradley
 Hawkeye Community  College

Sue Burrack
Upper Iowa University

Lisa Chizek
North Tama County Community School District

Kendra Crooks
 Chickasaw County Extension and Outreach

 Kelly Cooper
 Dubuque Area
Labor- Management Council

 Erin Dragotto
 National Mississippi River  Museum & Aquarium

 Scott Fortune
 Upper Iowa
Tool & Die and Innovations

 Doreen Hayek
 University of
Northern Iowa

 Chad Heinzel
 University of
Northern Iowa

Ellen Heuer
 Bay Valley Foods

Bill Holland
JB Holland Construction

 Mason Kuhn
 University of
Northern Iowa

 Jason Martin-Hiner
 Keystone Area
Education Agency

Kim Miller
TDS Automation

 Norma Thiese
 Keystone Area
Education Agency

The Northeast Region of the Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council, located on the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) campus, believes it is important to bring our community together to advance the STEM movement, which is transforming the nation.

BESTSTEM Council Invites Proposals for STEM BEST® Models

Communities eager to work as one, bridging partnerships between schools, businesses and other local organizations, now have the opportunity to change the future of educ ation.
The STEM Council invites school-business partnerships across Iowa to submit their proposal to establish a STEM BEST model at www.IowaSTEM.gov/STEMBEST/Proposal. All Iowa K-12 private and public schools and school districts are eligible to apply.   Awarded applicants will receive $25,000 to be matched with local cost-share, each earning designation as an Iowa STEM BEST Partner. The application window will close on Friday, September 15, and recipients will be announced in late October.
To learn more about Iowa STEM BEST, please visit www.IowaSTEM.gov/STEMBEST or register today for "Fast-Track Iowa's Future" Conference on June 21 where many of the current models will be showcased:  www.iowastem.gov/fast-track-iowas-future
billboardIowa Businesses Featured on STEM Career Billboards  
Nine dynamic companies volunteered their inspirational employees to champion Iowa STEM's first-ever career awareness billboard campaign now on display in 18 communities throughout the state.
Located in Waterloo along East 11th Street

Each corporate partner photographed their own employee and provided the image while Strategic America, Iowa STEM's marketing partner, negotiated the donated billboard space, keeping the cost to Iowa STEM minimal. Highlighting the critical STEM occupations in their businesses from information technology to industrial manufacturing and bioscience to construction, the nine participating companies are:
  • Alliant Energy
  • DuPont Pioneer
  • ITC Midwest
  • Kemin Industries
  • M.A. Ford
  • POET
  • Principal
  • Rockwell Collins
  • The Weitz Company
Located just north of Decorah along US-52 facing north 
If you see an Iowa STEM Career billboard in your area
(see map and billboard designs) , snap a photo and tag us on Facebook or Twitter @NEIASTEM.  
festivalSTEM Festivals in Northeast Iowa 

It has been another amazing year for STEM festivals in northeast Iowa. The Northeast Region of the Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council, and its partners, hosted four regional Family STEM festivals in fiscal year 2016-17. Over 4,700 (42% between the ages of 6-12 years old) attended the events to interact with 175 hands-on exhibits. Exhibitors represented business and industry, county and state government, higher education, K-12 schools and non-profits.

The STEM festivals attracted people from 90 communities across three states. The map below represents the cities and towns in which attendees were from.

  Click here to enlarge map. 
Thank you to the planning committees, volunteers and exhibitors for inspiring our young people.

Exhibitor registration is now open for the STEM festivals this Fall. Please join us in sharing the excitement of STEM and to inform kids and their parents about the career opportunities involving STEM.

Tuesday, November 7 
4:00 to 7:30 
Five Sullivan's Center, Waterloo
Exhibitor Registration 
Creating STEM Connections 

The Hub is 
guided by the Governor's STEM Advisory Council and is dedicated to creating greater student achievement in STEM subjects with the goal of building a stronger STEM workforce.

Thank you for your interest and participation in advancing STEM education in Iowa.
Jeff Beneke 
Northeast Region, Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council